Company trying to build RV resort again in Port Arthur

Published 5:01 pm Thursday, August 3, 2017

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

David Perkins, project manager for Access Companies, Inc. spoke to the Port Arthur City Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday morning about the proposed Golden Triangle RV Resort. Perkins said he has spoken to the council before about the RV resort, but was turned down.

Perkins described the project as a $3.5 million investment and it would be the first upscale RV resort in Port Arthur.

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“We’ve been laying the groundwork,” he said. “We realize the stigma and challenges attached to RV parks. The refineries and plants here, though, need temporary living spaces for their employees.

“Some RV parks are 20 years old and are very nice.”

The RV resort would be at the intersection of Texas 73 and Spur 93, subdivided into three parcels: the RV park, an option for a strip center and an option for a fast food restaurant, situated on 16 acres with 175 RV slips.

There will be other amenities such as a luxury clubhouse, two showers, laundry facilities and a hot tub.

The company has done several other developments in the Houston area and they’re also doing the Beaumont Yacht Club and building an RV park.

“This area is ripe for development,” Perkins said.

The RV resort could house temporary industrial workers, “Winter Texans,” vacationers and staycationers, and provide a temporary housing option.

Staff will enforce park rules and there will be a staff pressure washer for cleaning.

Perkins estimates there will be a $4 million economic impact over 10 years and bring in $50,000 a year for property taxes.

Mayor Derrick Freeman asked Ron Burton, director of planning and zoning, if the property has been properly zoned. Burton said it has.

Willie “Bae” Lewis Jr., District 5 councilman, asked what the next step would be for Access Companies. Burton said they will make an application to the city.

Perkins said this time he wanted to present the information in a different light, give more examples and appeal to council after submitting the license application in the hope that council won’t vote it down; that they’ll instead accept it.

“See what we get this time. It seems you’ve got a favorable response this time,” Freeman said.

In other council business, Warren Field was reappointed to the Citizen’s Pipeline Advisory Committee by Lewis and Russell Bus was appointed by Osman Swati, District 6 councilman.